Saturday shopping rules


Yesterday I finally got motivated and had the mental commitment to go out and shop for all the little outstanding things that have been building up on my list. I was out for about 5 hours and it was very successful. I was thinking about what made it so successful and came up with my Saturday shopping rules. I am not a big fan of shopping. Browsing is more my thing. The commitment to purchasing something that I may spend the next 20 years of my life with such as a new pot is difficult for me.

Here’s my list of commonsense shopping tips that I always forget. Perhaps I will remember some next time.

  1. Lists: No trip can begin without a list. Inevitably things are forgotten during the trip. Make one before setting out or on the train.


  2. Not Price: I am well paid but don’t value my own time as highly. When shopping I must be less price sensitive. The 1 hour shopping around to save perhaps 30 euro is not worth it. And besides, most of the time I will end up coming back to the original store and buying something more expesive based on it’s quality.


  3. Quality is important - pay the extra for it and it will last longer meaning fewer stressful shopping trips.


  4. Slow: Yesterday I took my time. It was crowded and 32 degrees with high humidity. No need to rush and besides the stores were airconditioned and comfortable.


  5. Breaks: Take them. That’s what all the coffee shops are for. There’s much to be said for a coffee refocusing the mind and some cake to provide sustainance.


  6. iPod: Instore music sucks. Take one and catch up on BBC podcasts.


  7. Cash not Credit Cards: I like knowing what I have spent. I hate getting to the end of the month and having items on a credit card bill that I havn’t a clue about. Actually I only keep a credit card for online shopping and prefer to always use cash. Also avoids any strange surprises at the end of the month.


  8. Mobile phone: no doubt people will want to meet up or you will need to call and ask advice about something you are about to buy. Saturday shopping seems punctuated by people phoning to see what is happening on Saturday night.


  9. Lifts not escalators: Women’s clothing departments always seem to be located on the ground floor and men somewhere near the attic of large stores. Trying to take the stairs or escalators takes forever and the lifts seem underutilised. Use them.


  10. Men - use them: This is more a tip for female readers. Men never have to wait for changing rooms or cashiers to serve them. I always see long lines in the womens departments. Women, feel free to use us.


  11. Toilets: There are always some near the foodhall.


Well that’s my list. Perhaps I will remember more next time.

Saturday shopping rules



Yesterday I finally got motivated and had the mental commitment to go out and shop for all the little outstanding things that have been building up on my list. I was out for about 5 hours and it was very successful. I was thinking about what made it so successful and came up with my Saturday shopping rules. I am not a big fan of shopping. Browsing is more my thing. The commitment to purchasing something that I may spend the next 20 years of my life with such as a new pot is difficult for me.

Here’s my list of commonsense shopping tips that I always forget. Perhaps I will remember some next time.

  1. Lists: No trip can begin without a list. Inevitably things are forgotten during the trip. Make one before setting out or on the train.


  2. Not Price: I am well paid but don’t value my own time as highly. When shopping I must be less price sensitive. The 1 hour shopping around to save perhaps 30 euro is not worth it. And besides, most of the time I will end up coming back to the original store and buying something more expesive based on it’s quality.


  3. Quality is important - pay the extra for it and it will last longer meaning fewer stressful shopping trips.


  4. Slow: Yesterday I took my time. It was crowded and 32 degrees with high humidity. No need to rush and besides the stores were airconditioned and comfortable.


  5. Breaks: Take them. That’s what all the coffee shops are for. There’s much to be said for a coffee refocusing the mind and some cake to provide sustainance.


  6. iPod: Instore music sucks. Take one and catch up on BBC podcasts.


  7. Cash not Credit Cards: I like knowing what I have spent. I hate getting to the end of the month and having items on a credit card bill that I havn’t a clue about. Actually I only keep a credit card for online shopping and prefer to always use cash. Also avoids any strange surprises at the end of the month.


  8. Mobile phone: no doubt people will want to meet up or you will need to call and ask advice about something you are about to buy. Saturday shopping seems punctuated by people phoning to see what is happening on Saturday night.


  9. Lifts not escalators: Women’s clothing departments always seem to be located on the ground floor and men somewhere near the attic of large stores. Trying to take the stairs or escalators takes forever and the lifts seem underutilised. Use them.


  10. Men - use them: This is more a tip for female readers. Men never have to wait for changing rooms or cashiers to serve them. I always see long lines in the womens departments. Women, feel free to use us.


  11. Toilets: There are always some near the foodhall.


Well that’s my list. Perhaps I will remember more next time.

Munich Street Life Festival


Given my proximity to the Munich Street Life festival on Leopoldstr I wandered over last night. Pleased that I did and I managed to get some nice pictures too. Here’s one looking onto a monument whose name I cannot recall. There was all kinds of exotic food on sale and I tried one of the burritos. It will take a lot for me to forget the “Roach Coach” burritos that I feasted on in San Francisco. They were so big that I once had to crall under my desk as Linuxcare and take an afternoon nap to work it off.

This morning I wandered over for a late breakfast and enjoyed some good vegetarian Auvedic food from a bowel made from what seemed to be a dried palm leaf.The Germans seem particulary keen on foreign cultures. They are the most travelled nation and love anything exotic at home, whether it’s husband married abroad or the number of Germans that suddenly became Brazillian supporters during the world cup.

Odd.

Update:  Franz Buchberger writes in to tell me that the Monument is Siegestor

Munich Street Life Festival



Given my proximity to the Munich Street Life festival on Leopoldstr I wandered over last night. Pleased that I did and I managed to get some nice pictures too. Here’s one looking onto a monument whose name I cannot recall. There was all kinds of exotic food on sale and I tried one of the burritos. It will take a lot for me to forget the “Roach Coach” burritos that I feasted on in San Francisco. They were so big that I once had to crall under my desk as Linuxcare and take an afternoon nap to work it off.

This morning I wandered over for a late breakfast and enjoyed some good vegetarian Auvedic food from a bowel made from what seemed to be a dried palm leaf.The Germans seem particulary keen on foreign cultures. They are the most travelled nation and love anything exotic at home, whether it’s husband married abroad or the number of Germans that suddenly became Brazillian supporters during the world cup.

Odd.

Update:  Franz Buchberger writes in to tell me that the Monument is Siegestor

Server Hell

I am speculating that the recent high temperatures have triggered the 2 disk failures on bunker. I am very pleased to be running in a raid'ed configuration. Data secuity is no laughing matter and so Robin came over and destroyed/extracted the magnets from the dead disks incase anyone should try to ressurect them and extract the data. Also with Robin’s help, 2 new fans have been added to bunker’s case to try and increase the airflow around the disks. Unfortunately the new fans are slightly too large and so I am going to have to buy some more tomorrow.

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